Pharoh Cooper provided the fireworks that South Carolina needs.
Then, a penalty negated it.
South Carolina was called for a false start late in the fourth quarter after the official indicated that not all 11 players were set at the start of the play. That penalty negated Cooper’s 94-yard touchdown catch and, instead, handed The Citadel the 23-22 victory.
After the game, quarterback Perry Orth displayed his displeasure with the call.
“I didn’t see anything wrong,” Orth said.
#Gamecocks' quarterback Perry Orth on illgal procedure penalty at the end: "I didn't see anything wrong."
— David Caraviello (@dcaraviello) November 21, 2015
Perry Orth confirmed officials blew the whistle at the snap on the 94-yard TD to Cooper and that several players stopped playing.
— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) November 21, 2015
That loss snapped South Carolina’s nine-game winning streak against FCS opponents dating back to 2006.
— REAL USC (@RealUSC) November 21, 2015
#Gamecocks called for not all 11 players set, false start, negates game-winning TD by Pharoh Cooper on 4th down.
— Gamecock Athletics (@GamecocksOnline) November 21, 2015